On behalf of the ACEN national board, the ACEN Awards committee are pleased to announce the following finalists for the 2022 WIL Awards. The winners will be announced at the Beyond 2022: Creating the Future with WIL conference dinner on the 24th October, 2022 in Melbourne.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

The Local Hero Award is awarded to a partner organisation that is a small-medium enterprise (SME:0-199 employees) whose engagement with an institution through WIL and whose contribution to the WIL experience of students, is above and beyond the expectation of the size of their organisation. Local Hero award finalists are:


  • DataSauce – nominated by RMIT University 


  • Micro X Ltd. – nominated by Flinders University
  • The Society Inc by Sibella Court – nominated by Torrens University Australia

The Collaboration Award is awarded to a partner organisation that is collaborating with an institution to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL. Collaboration award finalists are:


  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing – nominated by LaTrobe University


  • Nestle – nominated by the University of Sydney
  • Thales Australia – nominated by University of Technology Sydney

The Innovation and Excellence Award recognises quality and innovative WIL practices across a diverse range of disciplines, models and methods. The publication of a WIL case study on the ACEN website constitutes a submission for the award. Innovation and Excellence Award finalists are:


  • Town Camp Architecture Studio  Dr Chris Tucker, University of Newcastle, Michael Klerck, Denise Foster, Anna Flouris, and Vanessa Napaltjarri Davis, Tangentyere Council


Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life membership recognises significant service and contribution to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia and or internationally in areas of practice, pedagogy or research.

Sonia Ferns

ACEN 2022 Best Paper & Best Poster

Best Paper: Julian Lee – Internship crafting: Transposing the Concept of Job Crafting for Students undertaking WIL

Best Poster: Sarah Briant – Scoping WIL in Architecture: A Taxonomy